Paris Stories

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Internationally celebrated, award-winning author Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend: an undisputed master of the short story whose peerless prose captures the range of human experience while evoking time and place with unequalled skill. This new selection of Gallant’s stories, edited by novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje, gathers the best of her many stories set in Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Here she writes of expatriates and locals, exile and homecoming, and of the illusions of youth and age, offering a kaleidoscopic impression of the world within the world that is Paris.


“She stands among the best writers of the century.”
Canadian Forum

“Mavis Gallant’s finely honed prose captures the small details that illuminate a life.”
Publishers Weekly

“Mavis Gallant writes some of the most superbly crafted and perceptive stories of our time.”
Globe and Mail

“Ms. Gallant, who has dared to drift in a disorienting century, always trusting her own imaginative compass. Her fiction, never fooled into trying to keep up with history, will last a long time.”
New York Times Book Review